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Learning to Love That Poetry

Melody Ernest
Colleges and Universities - Florida


Use the book [Love That Dog] by Sharon Creech to inspire and teach children how to enjoy reading and writing several types of poetry.


The student writes informally (for example, journal entries, reading response, poetry).

The student knows rhymes, rhythm, and patterned structures in a variety of children's texts (for example, prose, poetry).


- [Love That Dog] Sharon Creech. New York: Harper Collins, 2001
- Overhead projector
- Overhead transparencies created from attached poetry examples
- A student journal and pencil for each student
- Yellow copy paper, one for each student (to correspond with book)
- *If using the lesson extension, computer/computer lab access will be needed


1. Acquire a copy of the book [Love That Dog], by Sharon Creech and other poetry books that children can peruse.
2. Prepare overhead transparencies using the attached examples to demonstrate different forms of poetry.
3. Make sure that each child has a journal, or daily writing paper, and a pencil.
4. Secure enough yellow copy paper to provide one for each student.
5. Designate and decorate a bulletin board to creatively display the children's poems.


1. Introduce a week long lesson in poetry by reading a small section of the novel [Love That Dog] aloud to the class each day. (The novel describes, in journal form, how a young boy comes to enjoy poetry and begins to use his life experiences to write it.)

2. After reading a section of the boy's entries aloud to the class, read the accompanying poem in the back of the book that the boy is referring to.

3. Show an overhead example of a similar poem, name the form of poetry, and demonstrate how to create it. (Listed in the attachments are recommended story pages to be read along with examples of different poetry forms. These attachments can be reproduced to create overhead transparencies, as well as handouts to distribute to the children).

4. At the conclusion of each class period, ask each student to document in their journals any positive or negative feelings about the poetry form learned that day.

5. The students will then be asked to create their own poems individually, following that format, and have it prepared for the next class meeting.

6. Each class period ask several children to read their created poems out loud for the rest of the class to hear, and then turn them in to the teacher at the end of class for review and assessment.

7. At the end of the week the children will be asked to choose their favorite poem from the ones they have written.

8. Have the children reproduce these poems on yellow paper and hang them on the class bulletin board.(Like the teacher in the story did for the children's special poems)


Formatively assess students on their journal writing. A checklist is included in the associated file. See attached Word Document.


- Other books of poetry children may enjoy:
Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse by Walter Dean Myers, The Poetry of Robert Frost by Henry Holt, All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth, and of course ANYTHING by Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, etc.
(Dr. Suess books are also fun for teaching rhyming).

If you have access to a computer lab, and choose to do so, the children could type their selected poems using proper spelling and grammar checks, after reading pgs. 65-67. The poems could then be printed or copied onto yellow copy paper for display.

Web Links

Web supplement for Learning to Love That Poetry.
Giggle Poetry

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